Day 4, Call 5: SL vs AUS, 3rd ODI, Glenn Maxwell to hit a six and take a wicket
Difficulty Level: Hard
Glenn Maxwell is in his career-best form right now and has hit 1.6 sixes per game in the last 30 ODIs. So all it needs for one half of this prediction to come true is him getting 10 balls to bat.
Maxwell in ODIs since 2019: Matches – 30, 6s – 49, 6s per game – 1.6
Now to the tricky half – picking up a wicket. In the same period, Maxwell has taken only 8 wickets, but a deeper dive will tell you that 6 of the wickets have come in the 11 games he has played in Asia, where you get more spin-friendly conditions.
Maxwell in ODIs in Asia since 2019: Innings – 11, Wickets – 6
Maxwell in ODIs in Europe and Oceania since 2019: Innings – 16, Wickets – 2
Now not only is this match in Asia, but it is also in one of the most spin-friendly venues in the world – R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. You wouldn’t get a better shot at Maxwell getting an ODI wicket anywhere else in the world.
Glenn Maxwell in SL tour: Innings – 5, Wickets – 4
In addition to all these, his bowling has significantly improved in the last couple of years, which we can observe from his T20I form (15 wickets in the last 17 matches). Australia are well aware of that too. One reason they have bowled his full quota of overs out in both the ODIs in the series.
Day 4, Call 6: India vs South Africa, 5th T20I, Total match sixes – Over 14.5
Difficulty Level: Medium
India have hit an average of 8.3 sixes per match in the series and South Africa 6.8. With this match being at Bengaluru, one of the smallest venues in world cricket, we are likely to see a lot of maximums. For example, in IPL 2019, the six matches at Bengaluru saw a total of 100 6s hit at an average of 16.6 sixes per match. In one of the T20Is played at the venue in the same year, between India and Australia, 22 sixes were hit.
South African superstar Quinton de Kock being back in the side only improves the chances of this prediction working in our favour.
Potential Disruptor: A shortened match as a result of rain – in which case the reduced overs will obviously impact the number of runs scored and, therefore, the number of sixes as well.